Survey: NACo Rx discount cardholders save bundles
WOONSOCKET, R.I., and WASHINGTON — Patients that participated in a prescription discount card program created by the National Association of Counties saved more than $107 million on their medications in 2010, a new survey released by CVS Caremark and NACo found.
What’s more, CVS Caremark and NACo noted, the average discount per prescription was about 24%.
NACo’s prescription discount card program, which is operated by CVS Caremark, was launched in 2004 to address consumers’ need to manage high prices of their prescriptions. The NACo prescription discount cards are accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies across the country, including national pharmacy chains, regional chains and independently owned, community-based pharmacies.
There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on how frequently the card can be used. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance, NACo said.
Presently, more than 1,300 counties across the United States are enrolled in the program.
"At CVS Caremark, we recognize that medication adherence can positively affect a patient’s health, while also helping to reduce overall healthcare costs," said Troyen Brennan, EVP and chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. "The NACo prescription discount card program helps reduce the cost of medications — one of the most frequently cited barriers to taking medications as prescribed — and is one example of the many tools and programs we administer to help support medication adherence."
For more information on the NACo prescription discount card program, visit Caremark.com/NACo.
HealthOneMed debuts Dispense-a-Pill
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. — HealthOneMed has launched a device that combines the abilities of pillboxes, reminders, dispensers and medication alerts into one.
The company announced Tuesday the launch of Dispense-a-Pill, a personal medication manager that it said would provide a business opportunity for companies offering healthcare services. The DAP can manage up to 16 medications, including pills, topical creams, eye drops, inhalers and insulin injections. By connecting to a phone line, it automatically can alert a medication management service provider if a dosage is missed.
“We envision medical monitoring companies, home care agencies, senior communities, pharmacies and others using DAP to offer a new, value-added medication management service,” HealthOneMed founder Gazi Abdulhay said.
Merz offers Xeomin users financial assistance with new programs
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Merz Pharmaceuticals has created two programs to provide financial assistance to patients using its drug for cervical dystonia, the company said Tuesday.
The programs — the Xeomin patient co-payment program and the Xeomin patient assistance program — cover Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA), designed to decrease the severity of abnormal head positions and neck pains in patients with the disease, which causes muscle contractions resulting in repetitive movements and abnormal postures.
“By offering a continuum of Xeomin financial assistance programs, our hope is to help patients manage their cervical dystonia and blepharospasm costs by reducing or eliminating financial obstacles that may prevent initiation or continuation of treatment,” said Merz president and CEO Jack Britts.